MWSU’s 2019 Study Away Trip to Belize

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By: Dayton Bissett

Sign ups for a trip to Belize for the department of nursing and allied health students are coming to a close on Feb. 22.

The trip is through International Service Learning and takes place May 13 – 19. Anyone in the department of nursing and allied health, no matter what area of study in the department, is eligible.

Coordinator/assistant professor and lead of this trip, Dr. Susan Foster, said anyone who is interested in global health care or just health care in general should consider going on this trip.

“Global health care broadens your interest in your knowledge basis to what’s going on out there in the world as far as health care,” Foster said. “Everybody has health care. We all have it. The world has it. So being able to go and see how another country practices it is very enlightening to students. Also, just being around the different culture is important. The students will be experiencing different cultures that they aren’t able to experience here in Missouri.”

There is an application that will need to be done and signed in the presence of someone at Western Institute before the deadline of Feb. 22. Contact the financial aid office if you have any questions about payments. There will also be meetings that someone going on this trip will need to attend.

Sophomore Halie Farrand said traveling for study is important especially for anything health related.

“Seeing how other places in the world handle health care is an important part of the study because you can witness how those places differ from the way we do things or do those things the same as us,” Farrand said. “Traveling places with people who have the same interest in you is also just one of the best experiences a person can have.”

Dr. Susan Foster said students will be working hands-on in Belize.

“How do they do it differently? Is it better? Can they improve? Can we improve?” Foster asked. “It’s all about learning different aspects in how others do it. It’s also applied learning because students can take what they have learned in the classroom through their assignments and also their clinicals and apply it there in that particular culture. There will be a scheduled visit to a local hospital, and the students will have opportunities to work with patients. The other students who aren’t doing patient care can also see how the records are kept and how the business of healthcare is dealt with in that particular culture. It’ll be very fascinating.”